Tell Somebody That Jesus Lives
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Delivered By
Pastor Edwin Dinkins
Delivered On
April 5, 2015
Central Passage
Matthew 28:1-15
Subject
Easter Sunday Service
Description

Brief Commentary Excerpt for Matthew 28:5-15 - Data Source:  Life Applications Bible:

28:5-7: "The angel who announced the Good News of the resurrection to the women gave them four messages:  

  1. Don't be frightened - the reality of the resurrection brings joy, not fear.  When you are afraid, remember the empty tomb.
  2. He isn't here - Jesus is not dead and is not to be looked for among the dead.  He is alive, with his people.
  3. Come in and see - The women could check the evidence themselves.  The tomb was empty then, and is empty today.  The resurrection is a historical fact.
  4. Go quickly and tell - They (the women) were to spread the joy of the resurrection.  We, too, at to spread the Good News about Jesus' resurrection.

28:6: Jesus' resurrection is the key to the Christian faith.  Why?

  1. Just as he promised, Jesus rose from the dead.  We can be confident, therefore, that he will accomplish all he has promised.
  2. Jesus' bodily resurrection shows us that the living Christ is ruler of God's eternal Kingdom, not a false prophet or imposter.
  3. We can be certain our resurrection because he was resurrected.  Death is not the end - there is a future life.
  4. The power that brought Jesus back to life is available to us to bring our spiritually dead selves back to life.
  5. The resurrection is the basis for the church's witness to the world.  Jesus is more than just a human leader - He is the Son of God.

28:10: By "brethren", Jesus probably meant his disciples.  This showed that he had forgiven them, even after they had denied and deserted him.  Their relationship would now be even stronger than before.  

28:10: Jesus told the women to pass a message on to the disciples - that he would meet then in Gailee, as he has previously told them.  But the disciples, afraid of the religious leaders, stayed hidden behind locked doors in Jerusalem.  So Jesus met them first there and then later in Gailee.

28:11-15: Jesus' resurrection was already causing a great stir in Jerusalem.  A group of women was moving quickly through the streets, looking for the disciples to tell them the amazing news that Jesus was alive.  At the same time, a group of religious leaders was plotting how to cover up the resurrection.

Today there is still a great stir over the resurrection, and there are still only two choices - to believe that Jesus rose from the dead, or to be closed to the truth - denying it, ignoring it, or rationalizing it away."

 

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